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It’s hard to believe, but Ellen Pompeo wasn’t always Meredith Grey.

And before she was Meredith, she worked with another familiar face from Grey’s AnatomyBrooke Smith, also known as Erica Hahn!

In case you’re having trouble remembering, Erica was an attending cardio surgeon at the hospital following Burke's speedy exit (after his wedding to Cristina didn’t go exactly as planned). And, more importantly, she was Callie’s trial run at dating women, and although the Callie/Erica relationship didn’t last, it was a huge milestone for Callie.

Ellen and Brooke worked together in a 2000 movie called Eventual Wife. And though it's a movie, it's even shorter than an episode of Grey’s Anatomy! Running at just 16 minutes, the quickie comedy is described by TCM as a “new take on a young man’s perspective on dating and the search for an ideal mate.”

That’s something Meredith Grey could definitely relate to — it was no easy road to McDreamy.

We love spotting the Grey’s cast in other roles and seeing them outside our scrubs. Our favorite Ellen sighting? An episode of Friends in which she plays a girl who went to college with Ross and Chandler who, they both had a crush on.

What’s your favorite Grey’s actor sighting? Let us know below!